The Best Golf Courses in the Greater Bay Area

The big-ticket landscape of the greater Bay Area, from bustling cosmopolitan cities to quiet coastal communities, has been gifted with an exceptionally diverse collection of communal golf courses layered with a rich frosting of history, from the architects who conceived them to some of the greatest wizards of the links, including Johnny Miller and Ken Venturi, who honed their skills on the sidehill, uphill, and downhill lies around the doglegged fairways. Whether a local or visitor, theres a golf challenge to suit any size wallet.

The following is a curated list of the best public golf courses in the Greater Bay Area — including Napa Valley and Sonoma County Wine Country.

Feature Photo: Half Moon Bay Golf Links by Robert Kaufman

San Francisco

The best courses in the City by the Bay.

South Bay

Unmissable courses from Half Moon Bay to San Jose.

East Bay

Corica Park, The Course at Wente Vineyards and more.

North Bay

The best golfing Marin County has to offer.

Napa Valley

Heavenly golfing options from Yountville to American Canyon.

Sonoma County

Rooster Run, The Links at Bodega Harbour and other top picks.

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Robert Kaufman

Robert Kaufman

Robert Kaufman is an internationally published golf & travel writer and award-winning photographer with an observant eye and insightful journalistic style that has guided him around the world, including all 50 states...and playing golf in 24 countries! During his entrepreneurial career, Robert founded Northern California’s first monthly golf publication and was instrumental in directing Visit California’s golf marketing initiative to raise global awareness for the state as a top-tier golf destination. His work can be viewed at Picture PARfect.
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